ECS organisers FACEIT will host the next $1 million Counter-Strike Major in London, the UK-based company has confirmed.
The second Major of 2018 will culminate with a live event from September 20-23 at the 10,000-seater SSE Arena, Wembley, which staged the offline finals of the first and the third ECS seasons.
This will be the first Major hosted by FACEIT, which becomes the sixth company to run an event of this magnitude together with Valve, joining a list that includes DreamHack, ESL, MLG, ELEAGUE and PGL. It will also be the first Major to be held in the UK, following stops in Sweden, Poland, Germany, Romania and the United States.
In addition to hosting the Major, FACEIT will run the online qualifiers for all regions as well as the Minors as it looks to "provide consistency and cohesion to the Major".
"The community has been at the heart of everything we do at FACEIT, and we are so grateful for the support of the players on our platform and those who’ve attended and watched ECS," said Michele Attisani, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder of FACEIT.
"We’re excited to create an amazing celebration of CS:GO to honour that commitment. We look forward to seeing everyone there in September."
The FACEIT Major will continue to feature 24 teams, following the expansion that was introduced by Valve ahead of the ELEAGUE Major. Sixteen of those teams have been determined, while the last eight sides will come from the Minors that will be hosted across the globe.
Below you can find the 16 teams already confirmed for the FACEIT Major as a result of their run at ELEAGUE Major Boston:
|New Legends Stage|
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|New Challengers Stage|
Over the coming weeks, FACEIT will reveal more information about the Major and the local activities that it will support all over the world for fans to gather and enjoy the matches. Tickets for the event will go on sale on April 2.